Drawing from Inspiration

Inspiration is key to everything we do. Whether you’re an artist, writer, game designer or just a dreamer it’s important to have inspiration. That’s why I thought I’d share some of mine with you. It also might give you valuable insight into the work I create and if you’re thinking about working alongside me, then you might agree that this might be a worthwhile page for my site. Either way, I hope you enjoy what you find here!

So, why do I draw what I draw?

Well I have to admit that I am a merc’ and I do it for money but I draw Fantasy & Sci-fi because I love to paint from the imagination. The images I’ve loved have always been strange and unique. If you scroll down you’ll see a list of some of the artists that have insired me over the years.

Fantasy has always been a pasion. My love of beasts and monsters, weapons and battle all started with an interest in Warhammer and table-top gaming like D&D. Today I get asked to illustrate a lot of dragons. Something I still can’t believe I get paid to do. haha.

If you’re like me and you have a love for fantasy than Pinterest has a wealth of refference materal for you. Other sources like DeviantArt are great too.

My love for Science Fiction started early when I was handed a book called ’50 facts about Robots’ at the age of five. I still have that book. I loved the imagery. Spaceships, cyborgs & strange worlds. Many of my first artistic influences were science Fiction and they remain the strongest visually in my mind to this day with their bright 60’s & 70’s colors. Those bright vivid colors are something I always try to bring into my artwork.

If you want good inspiration for Sci-Fi then Google image search is a good place to start. I constantly check out tech’ news as well because good Sci-Fi is based on fact to be as believable as possible.

Also, I love the challenge of a good portrait. Let’s face it, if you can capture a likeness then you’ve proven you’re worth as an artist. There’s something nice about this type of challenge and about seeing a client’s face when they see the completed work. In terms of inspiration, getting to see your subject from every angle and spending time with them is the most important thing you can do. Although, a good trip to the art gallery to look at the portraits can always help.

When I work with a client on a commission for a portrait I always make sure to get to know them. I’ll spend time chatting and take photographs & video to help.

Having a history in advertising and Branding gives me a distinct advantage when it comes to working as an Illustrator. Not only can I understand & predict the audiences needs but I know how brands work and I know what Art Directors & Creative Directors are looking for.

Unlike many others, I start from a rational line of thought and often spend a lot of time researching before pen touches paper at all. This skill-set has, I believe, proven my work more engaging than that of my competition’s over the years.

Hopefully you share my interests and want to see more. Maybe you already have. Why not take a look through my ortfolio or get in contact and say Hi and tell me about that upcoming project you’re working on…

My Influences

Chris Foss

One of the first artists I remember encountering as a child. His artwork was surreal and visionary. To me it was the future. It captured my imagination for what was possible with shapes, geometry and color.

Adam Hughes

I read my fair share of comics. Maybe not as many as I did back in the 90’s but I still follow a few sellect artists and writters. One of which is Adam Hughes who I’ve been fortunate enough to meet. His line art is amazing and I have to say was influencial to my earlier style just as Alphonse Mucha was to his.

Thomas Kinkade

I discovered Thomas Kinkade on holiday in Florida and was blown away by his use of color. His work inspires awe & hope which is something great for an artist to strive for. His Disney collection is fantastic. I wish I’d of bought a print whilst in Orlando. If you don’t know his work – Check it out!

Ralph Mcquarrie

My studio walls are littered with framed prints of Ralph Mcquarrie’s original Star Wars concept art prints. His work is still an inspiration. To see how his original sketches influenced the final films which had such an impact on all of our lives.

Drew Struzan

One of my favourite artists long before I even knew his name. I suspect the same goes for many other people out there. His movie posters are legendary. Star Wars, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, The Goonies and practically every great film I grew up with had its poster created by Drew Struzan. His detail and Composition is amazing and when I was younger I saw films simply because of his art.

The Brothers Hildebrandt

Greg & Tim have created an epic amount of fantasy work over the years and know it or not, you have seen it! They created the classic poster for Star Wars: A New Hope, hundreds of Tolkien paintings (That inspired artists like John Howe & Alan Lee) as well as a range of pieces for Marvel during their long career. And that’s just the stuff I grew up seeing. They’ve created lots more as well. Their dynamic use of colour is probably where I get my love of bold colours from.

A few of my favorite books

Given that I spend a great deal of time creating art for books, I thought I’d mention a few of my favorite classics. Let me know on Twitter @LAWRENCEcanDRAW if you agree or if you know of any great titles you think I should read!


As well as these scifi and fantasy novels which I’m sure you all know very well, I wanted to give an honorable mention to a few other titles (nope, I’m not responsable for their artwork. I just like the books). Dune by Frank Herbert, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, 20’000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. There are obviously a few more titles but I’ll mention a few more when we get a chance to chat 😉

Inspiration comes from everywhere

Over the years I’ve used lot’s of sources and it is easier now we have the internet. There are a lot of great people out there putting up some brilliant sites. DiviantArt, Pinterest, Google Images, National Geographic and many more are useful on a daily basis for reference or for coming u with ideas for that next digital painting.

If you have any sites that you use on a regular basis then do me an email from the Contact page and let me know so I can share it with everyone – Maybe even in an email from my mailing list.